Croatia: sailing the Dalmatian coast
Croatia‘s popularity as a European summer sailing destination continues to grow year on year as more and more travellers are discovering the country’s charms.
THEY come for the stunning coastlines, crystal blue waters, seemly endless sunshine and the chilled-out vibe.
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is dotted with hundreds of islands both inhabited and uninhabited. There is nothing better than jumping aboard a yacht and weaving around these rocky outcrops pulling up at isolated bays and watching the scenery glide by.
The peak tourist season on the Croatian Coast is July to August and Topdeck’s Croatia Sailing trips have almost sold out for this period.
However, if you’re able to travel outside these months you can enjoy the pleasures of the Adriatic with fewer crowds and lower prices.
You can even save 10% off two sailing trips leaving on May 26 – the 8 day Split to Split and 8 day Split to Dubrovnik.
Topdeck’s vintage sail boats will take you to some of the best spots on the Adriatic, here are just a few:
One of the most popular destinations in Croatia, the walled city of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-do on many people’s travel bucket lists.
Make sure you take the time to walk along the walls that circle the Old Town and up the dozens of steep narrow alley ways that cut through the city.
It’s important to adapt to the Dalmatian Pomalo way of life when you’re on the Adriatic coast – slow down, relax and take your time because nothing happens in a hurry down here.
Even Croatians tease the Dubrovčani for their relaxed attitude and slow, drawn out way of speaking.
Korcula is best known for being the birthplace of famous Italian explorer Marco Polo.
Make sure you try out the local coffee (excellent thanks to plenty of Italian influence) – an experience which can take an hour or more.
Stop by the Cathedral of St Mark and get your picture on the steps outside the Korcula Tower.
Hvar has the honour of being Croatia’s sunniest island and is covered with unspoilt beaches.
If you want to let you hair down Hvar Town has a buzzing nightlife which includes the famous club Carpe Diem.
Hvar’s hilly inland area is full of olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields. In summer parts of the island are filled with the aroma of lavender as it is pressed for oil.
Dalmatia’s largest city and the second largest in Croatia, Split is a gateway to the regions many islands. But it is also a fascinating and beautiful spot in its own right.
The main landmark in the city is Diocletian’s Palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 305 AD.
And don’t forget to rub the big toe of Gregory of Nin’s (Grgur Ninski) statue for good luck!
For more about Topdeck’s Croatia Sailing trip visit www.topdeck.travel/croatia-sailing or call 0845 257 5212